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Burn job through arrogance and incompetence by iUniverse

I paid for something and got something else. Bait and switch. Plus, total lack of quality assurance. Despite countless emails to a dozen people at iUniverse, I am now in a financial conflict with this dishonest outfit.
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#1548247 Review #1548247 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service
2.0
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As an experienced (published) author -- several dozen articles, three nonfiction books and an equal number of non-productive agents, I had my eyes open when I bought their package for a mystery/crime novel. I did so on the basis that somehow a few of their authors...
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#1520364 Review #1520364 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Way they promoted my book
  • I universe
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
Tags
  • Ponzi Book Publishing

Crooks | Iuniverse review

My elderly father wanted his dream realized and we read the reviews before these predators got any money THANK GOODNESS!! The lady who called said “well your father IS 81 years old so he doesn’t have time to wait, that will be 1600.00 please.” They got no money!
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#1496840 Review #1496840 is a subjective opinion of poster.
1.0
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i get regular calls and emails even though I have asked to be removed from their contact list. At this point it's harassment!
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Jeanna
#1677165

Hello, and thank you for your message. We're sorry that you've been having this experience.

We would like to put you on our Do Not Call list, such that you do not receive future phone calls.

Can you please send us an email at ComplaintsResponses@iuniverse.com along with your name, book title, and Project ID? Thank you.

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#1476714 Review #1476714 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Services offered | Iuniverse review from Cape Coral, Florida

Services offered - Iuniverse review
Services offered - Iuniverse review
They contacted me about a book festival in L.A. CA. They told me it will cost me $674.00 for my book entry. AFTER I paid the down payment the the contract for the service, I found out my book will be held until payment in full is complete. Here's the proof.
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#1476644 Review #1476644 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Loss
$274
Preferred solution
Full refund

Not being paid | Iuniverse review from Wichita Falls, Texas

1.0
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My name is Katherine Hickerson and I should have received $4.20 royalty direct deposited into my bank account this month. It shows up on the sales report, but not on the royalties or bank. Please tend to this post haste. Yours with the warmest regards, Katherine D. Hickerson
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#1474504 Review #1474504 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Design of my book
Cons
  • Service is down hill after they get the sale rude conscending
  • Way they promoted my book
Reason of review
Feel my book 'NUTMEG' by Katharin Ridgeway (Pen) has not been promoted as it should have.
Loss
$699
Preferred solution
Deliver product or service ordered
My book was published before the final review. I sold and signed more books than royalties paid to me. My complaint in writing was answered by a phone call stating my book was passed from one person to another. Why then was my signature non-existent on the books? I was...
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Shanese
#1703809

Try gooseriver press. They are a traditional publisher.

They truly try to establish you as a writer. They are located in Waldoboro, ME. They take %10 percent. For reasons of my own, it's worth it.

Although they have strict guidelines. Albertballzfitzgotz Lombardo

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#1457641 Review #1457641 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service

I just read a contract from Iuniverse it was just a unilateral contract not a bilateral contract which they are not committed to nothing. You the author are committed to everything.

Happened last year. The contract is ambiguous at best and is one sided. Iuniverse does not have to do anything just you the author. It is a unilateral contract not a bilateral contract which means they didn’t sign it, just you the author. You are basically signing your life away and they are not obligated to do anything. This company should be investigated by the Attorney General for its business practices. Buyer beware.
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#1457112 Review #1457112 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
I called the people cuz I wanted a refund because their service is *** and they're giving me a run around to give me my money back this place is a joke
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Anonymous
#1634479

Pushy sales persdon wanted committment and doen payment immediately. Didn't want to wait till tomorrow. Imstant turn off.Notes I took on phone Iuniverse Publishing Marrvin Maxwell 18778205395 ext 5754 Caller Basic Package $1499.00 Publishing, cover, interior design, world wide distribution,lifetime printing service, available to over 38000 retailers and bookstores Regu)ar under my mams....copies copiesLibrary of congress number Isbn # US copywrite $499.00 discount 3 months $333.33 $75.00 installment plan 408.33 1st payment

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#1453717 Review #1453717 is a subjective opinion of poster.
1.0
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My book Tuesday Beyond *** was published back in March of 2017 and I have not received a single royalty check. I have complained for several months and am just bushed off. One brush off was "We sent you a check" if you did not receive it we will send you a replacement...
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Anonymous
#1633246

I also published a book with IUniverse back in 2010, entitled the Power of the Gift. I must agree with you that they seem to be stealing royalties and seem to have no intention to share with the writer. I'm planning to write another book and I can assure you that it will not be published by IUniverse...

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#1437897 Review #1437897 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Design of my book
Cons
  • Refusal to pay royalties
Reason of review
Receiving royalties
Loss
$6
Preferred solution
Royalties
Tags
  • Royalties Rip Off